Canal March

Why are vaccines necessary?

Ignacio López-Goñi y Federico Martinón-Torres interviewed by Antonio San José e Íñigo Alfonso

The Burning Issue

It is a proven fact that vaccinations prevent wo to three million deaths annually from diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and measles and has succeeded in eradicating from the world diseases such as smallpox, so their benefit is indisputable. However, there is still mistrust in some sectors of society towards certain vaccines: what are vaccines, where do hoaxes come from, why is it necessary to be vaccinated annually against influenza, what is the scientific and public health response to cases of pandemics, should vaccination be mandatory, or why do new viruses appear? Ignacio López-Goñi, Professor of Microbiology at the University of Navarra, and Federico Martinón-Torres, Head of Pediatrics at the Hospital Clínico in Santiago de Compostela, answer these and other questions.

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